Preliminary Design for 1401 Penn SE

On March 12 CAS Riegler presented the preliminary design for their project 1401 Pennsylvania Ave SE, the current New York Pizza site. The project is a planned unit development (PUD) that will include approximately 150 apartment units atop multiple ground level retail spaces. The building will run up 14th St., along Pennsylvania Ave, and then partway into the middle of the block toward Ive Place. There will be an underground parking garage, and CAS Riegler is not planning to ask for parking relief.

Site design for 1401 Penn SE

Site design for 1401 Penn SE

To facilitate access to underground parking and allow for deliveries, CAS Riegler plans to widen the alley off 14th St to 20 feet, leading to the parking access in the rear of the building. At the March 12th meeting neighbors raised concerns about traffic flow along 14th, and the development team said they will work with neighbors to think about way to address current and potential traffic issues. The team said they are also following the the ongoing redesign of the Penn/Potomac intersection to understand how 1401 Penn could complement those plans.

The project is at an early stage, and there aren't any exterior designs to look at yet. CAS Riegler has done multiple buildings throughout the district; you can see examples on their website. At the March 12th presentation, the development team indicated that they are looking to construct a high quality building that is visually consistent with Capitol Hill.

The view of 1401 Penn SE from 14th & Ives

The view of 1401 Penn SE from 14th & Ives

The building is planned for seven stories, roughly similar in height to Jenkins Row. Based on preliminary sun studies the CAS Riegler team presented the building will cast minimal shadows on other properties along and south of Pennsylvania, since most of the shadows will fall across Pennsylvania Ave. Nevertheless, 1401 Penn will be the tallest building on the block, and the development team is working to manage the way the building interacts and blends with the neighboring homes.

If you have questions or feedback, please feel free to email me or reach out to CAS Riegler through their dedicated project page.